Back in 1842, when Captain Thomas Davis built a classic Greek Revival house in the seaport of Woods Hole, Mass., homes were heated with wood or coal, and whale-oil lamps lit the inside spaces. Insulation was rarely considered a building component. Fast-forward a century and a half. Davis' former residence still sits prominently on a hill overlooking Vineyard Sound and historic Woods Hole, but over the years its many owners have used it for many different purposes. Most recently, NPR station WGBH purchased the building as a home for local affiliate WCAI.Compromise, Not ConflictWhen WGBH took over the building in...

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